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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
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Jan 27, 2013

it was amazing
Read in January, 2013

Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Nonfiction, this book reads like a finely crafted novel. Katherine Boo spent over three years interviewing and following the lives of people in Annawadi, a slum next to the airport in Mumbai. We get a nuanced picture of daily life, unexpected imagination and creativity, people’s hopes of jumping aboard a wave of prosperity to escape grinding poverty, crushing government corruption, and the sabotage of ethical principles when “people’s instinct to do the right thing gets turned upside down.”

This is an extraordinary first book by a journalist who deserves our attention.

You may want to listen to this NPR interview:

Thank you, Marcy, for giving me this amazing book!
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